The retro style is fiercely popular, being amongst the most trending interior design styles today. You can think of it as an old classical style with a modern twist that focuses on functionality and minimalism.
This style is an eclectic mix of old and new elements and styles from different eras. The most common ones coming from the sleek classical styles of the 50s, 60s and 70s. This unusual bold style is mostly influenced by the post-war period of the 60s. A time where people actively tried to propagate peace, love and freedom and reflected it in the design styles of that time.
Let us take a look at how we can incorporate this design style into our modern living spaces.
One of the key factors to consider when adding a retro style is to play with bold and sharp colours. The most popular colours are avocado green and mustard yellow. These can be cleverly combined with brown, black, white, aqua blue and reds.
Since retro colours are bold and sharp, spaces can have a neutral background with an emphasis on retro coloured furniture. For example, an all-white restaurant with coloured furniture can definitely create a statement – so too will a single feature wall. And to finish the look, colourful frames, multi-coloured wall hanging, paintings or even table runners.
Wood is a much-used material when it comes to retro interior. Popular types are the red-tinted such as cherry, walnut, oak and beech and can be used across furniture, flooring and accessories. For example, some funitures can include a combination of wood, chromized metal with a hint of leather. As for flooring is mostly done with natural wood, shag carpeting or a bold mixture of tiles especially black and white which are layered in a checkerboard pattern.
Lighting is a remarkable way of instilling the old fashioned mood of this era. Retro light fixture often consists of old fashioned wall sconces, industrial style glass and metal pendants or circular mod glass vintage style chandeliers that add a nostalgic charm and character.
Retro style furniture is usually recognized by its free form, simple curves and abstract shape with no fancy details. The furniture has its origin in the classic Bauhaus style. The focus here is more on functionality, minimalism and lightness than intricacy. Chairs have lower backrests, at most shoulder-length, with no padded armrests. Sofas are broad and elongated with multi-coloured cushions.
The mixture of materials was trendsetting in retro furniture design with most of the furniture using a combination of wood and metal. For example, a wooden table with metal legs. Swan chairs with a sturdy wooden table or shiny chrome and wooden barstools can add a stylish retro touch in a dining space. Puzzled piece velvet ottoman, pencil legged cabinets or sideboards can enhance the retro feel in a space.
Prints, Patterns and accessories
When it comes to achieving the perfect retro feel, notice that patterns and prints are mostly geometric and structurally based with repetitions used for tiling, flooring, wallpapers and upholstery. Windows are adorned with geometric or ornamental patterned curtains and the psychedelic printed wallpapers can add the perfect finishing touch.
Incorporating a retro style means creating the right balance to make sure it is not a mismatch nor it is toned down to a level that wipes out the essence of the retro style.